Empower Women in Business Symposium

LAKELAND, FL: Central Florida SCORE has announced plans for their Second Annual Empower Women in Business Symposium on November 9, 2018. They are partnering with the Lakeland Magic, expansion team of the Orlando Magic.   Every attendee will receive a free ticket to the game and an opportunity to purchase a discounted ticket for a guest. This will be their opening game night, which makes the event all the more exciting.

Date:                                     November 9, 2018,

Time:                                    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, followed by a networking reception

Location:                              RP Funding Center,  Lakeland, FL

Key Note Speaker:             ShellyWilkes, President Lakeland Magic

Ticket Cost:                          $40 Individual; $280 for Corporate Table of 8

Registration Now Open:    Empower Women in Business Registration 

There will be two additional speakers on the topics of Women in Leadership and Life Work Balance. The three presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of women entrepreneurs within the community.

For more information call Becky Bywater, Cell  863 838-1079


WFLA Announces the Return of Popular Pet Adoption Drive ‘Clear the Shelters’

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Visit WFLA.com/cleartheshelters to access list of local participating shelters

Tampa, Fla. – WFLA-TV / News Channel 8 (“WFLA”) announces the return of its popular pet adoption drive Clear the Shelters. Launching in August and culminating with ‘Clear the Shelters’ day on Saturday, August 18. This is the station’s second year participating in the national Clear the Shelters initiative, which will include 22 animal shelters and rescues from the station’s viewing area.

“WFLA is committed to finding forever homes for pets in need. We’re proud to be a part of this national initiative resulting in placing more than 150,000 pets with families willing to offer them a loving home.

News Channel 8 is truly On Your Side of the pets on this one,” said Skip Valet, VP and General Manager of News Channel 8.

NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up for the annual ‘Clear the Shelters’ animal adoption drive. All participating shelters will offer fee-free or reduced rate adoptions on Saturday, Aug. 18. For a list of participating shelters, go to wfla.com/cleartheshelters. In addition, you’ll find tips and videos on costs associated with pet ownership, the different types of animals up for adoption, a pet decision maker flowchart that helps you decide the best pet for YOU and more.

For more information about the station’s pet adoption campaign, visit wfla.com/cleartheshelters. You can also follow the effort on social media by using the hashtags #cleartheshelters and #wfla. Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBC Universal owned television stations, a division of NBCUniversal. ‘Clear the shelters’ is sponsored nationally by Cat’s Pride and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. The local sponsors are Precision Overhead Garage Door, Nissan, California Closets and Maus Nissan.


WFLA-TV, News Channel 8 provides local news, network and syndicated entertainment and local programming to the viewers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota) DMA, which encompasses a 10-county television market area. WFLA News Channel 8 is Tampa Bay’s most well-known television station and has been an NBC affiliate since 1955. For more information, visit www.wfla.com, www.twitter.com/wfla and www.facebook.com/wflaNewsChannel8.




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Lakeland, Florida, August 6th, 2018 – City of Lakeland Commission has approved Lakeland Electric’s proposed Base Rate increase in a five to two vote at this morning’s City Commission meeting. This additional money will go to maintaining and upgrading Lakeland Electric’s power plants, poles, wires, and substations, as well as cover operational costs that rose over the last three years. The changes to the Base Rate will not take effect until October 2018.
Our customers’ bills are made up of several charges: base rate, environmental charge, fuel charge, and taxes and surcharges. Lakeland Electric proposed raising one charge on the electric bill – the Base Rate – around 3%.
The Base Rate consists of the customer charge and the energy charge, or the kilowatt hours (kWh) used by a customer. For the average residential customer, the overall bill would go up by about 1.8%, which equals $2.43 for a customer using 1200 kilowatt hours every month.
Lakeland Electric will continue to have some of the lowest electric rates in the state. According to the latest rate comparisons by the Florida Municipal Electric Association, Lakeland Electric had the fourth lowest electric utility rates across the state of Florida in June 2018. You can find more information about the rate comparisons here: http://publicpower.com/pdf/rates/2018/2018_june_rates.pdf
In fact, in 2017 Lakeland Electric ranked as having the overall lowest rates in the state in 6 of 8 customer categories (i.e., commercial, residential, industrial, etc.).
At Lakeland Electric, we constantly look for operational efficiencies, from streamlining procedures so they are faster, cheaper, and better, to finding technologies that save money. We have right-sized our organization through attrition, which means we have decreased our budget as well as headcount by 34 positions since 2015. We continually strive to maintain affordable, dependable, and sustainable service.
For more information about the base rate increase, please visit www.LakelandElectric.com/baserate.


BusinessVoice, Inc. of Greater Lakeland Announces Political Endorsements






Lakeland, FL – BusinessVoice of Greater Lakeland, Inc. is pleased to announce their most recent endorsements. BusinessVoice, Inc. members interviewed candidates for State Senate, State House, County Commission and School Board on July 31 and August 2, 2018 and voted to endorse the following candidates and ballot initiatives:

Tom Lee, Florida Senate, District 20

Ben Albritton, Florida Senate, District 26

Josie Tomkow, Florida House, District 39

Colleen Burton, Florida House, District 40

Melony Bell, Florida House, District 56

Rick Wilson, Polk County Commission, District 2

Martha Santiago, Polk County Commission, District 4

Scott Jones, Polk County School Board, District 3

Kay Fields, Polk County School Board, District 5

Lisa Miller, Polk County School Board, District 7

SUPPORT for the continuation of the half-cent sales tax for School District capital expenditures


BusinessVoice, Inc. was created in 2000 as an organization to support pro-business political candidates and to promote issues which impact the business community.  BusinessVoice, Inc. serves as an endorsement board for those individuals who personify the objectives of the business community.